Artist David Wallace
Title Arengwerrepe (bush turkey)
Year 2022

Recycled steel, wire, copper, flywire

Art Centre Tapatjatjaka Art and Craft →

77 x 76 x 30 cm

32 x 56 x 55 cm

40 x 18 x 43 cm

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David Wallace

David Wallace was born and grew up at Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa) south-east of Mparntwe (Alice Springs). His Dreaming is Arlatyeye (yam). Upon leaving school David worked as a stockman, breaking in horses, fixing bores and mustering cattle throughout the region. David demonstrates great ingenuity of design by recycling elements from discarded ‘modern day’ toys (such as roller blades) and cleverly transforming these into ‘bush toys’ and figurines such as trail bike riders. David is a prominent member of the Titjikala community, where he resides with his wife and family. He creates artwork in his spare time and is passing on his skill and knowledge to his son Francis and other young men of the community. He has exhibited across Australia since 1997.

Artist statement

From a young age David Wallace made ‘bush toys’ for himself and the children of his community. These were made from recycled materials such as fencing wire, scrap metal and copper from old motors. David’s work provides a detailed record of his life and experiences working the land, station and community life throughout central Australia. His subjects are diverse, ranging from goannas, kangaroos and eagles, to stockmen, rodeo riders and cameleers. The accurate and minute detail in each piece, reflect his experiences of travelling and working the land.